Midweek Ramblings

Las Negras beach at the start of the walk

Las Negras beach at the start of the walk

Yesterday we walked from Las Negras to El Playazo along the cliffs. This is a regular walk of ours and it has been featured in many of our blogs however the flora is worth mentioning again.
Chaenorhinum crassifolium

Chaenorhinum crassifolium

Below the path between Las Negras and Cala del Cuervo we found this rare plant, Chaenorhinum crassifolium, growing in rock fissures.
Blue irises

Blue irises

Irises in close up

Irises in close up

The little blue irises are now in abundance on the cliffs between Las Negras and El Playazo.
Bathers beneath the bateria

Bathers beneath the bateria

It was a beautiful day and there were swimmers and sunbathers on the cove beneath Bateria de San Ramon and El Playazo.
This path leads from the valley through the mountains

This path leads from the valley through the mountains

Instead of returning the way we came, we walked inland and took a footpath opposite the old castle.
Where the path starts from the road to El Playazo

Where the path starts from the road to El Playazo

This footpath starts near this rock, which resembles a man’s head, and winds through a pass in the mountain range between El Valle de Rodalquilar and Las Negras.
Looking back over El Valle

Looking back over El Valle

Looking back, there are excellent views of El Valle with the palm trees and old castle.
Mountains of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata

Mountains of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata

The mountains are always beautiful in the evening light, especially with their dusting of spring green.
Ruin with olive trees

Ruin with olive trees

Beginning the descent to Las Negras, there is an old ruin with two olive trees on the left.
Converted windmill

Converted windmill

On the right, is this old windmill which has been converted into a small house.
The view from near the top of our walk today

The view from near the top of our walk today

Today has been another beautiful spring day and we walked up the steep ascent to the estepa above San Pedro. There are stunning coastal views looking back.
Dipcadi

Dipcadi

On the way, we photographed this dipcadi in flower, its unusual, beige-brown colouring camouflaging it in its preferred dry and stony habitat.
Narcissi

Narcissi

On the estepa there are many of these tiny narcissi in flower.

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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One Response to Midweek Ramblings

  1. angela bell says:

    I keep dreaming about the landcape of the cabo everytime I look at your wonderful photos. You are in a good place away from the floods and the grey skies!

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